Hawaiian Food in the East Village
Pineapple brulee, coming right up
Let’s get something straight: Pineapple is a pretty perfect fruit. There’s not much you can do to improve upon it.
Well, unless you sprinkle some salt and lime zest on it. Oh, and then set it on fire.
Enter Noreetuh, a new Hawaiian joint in the East Village, which does just that.
The small, casual spot on First Avenue and St. Marks Place comes from three Per Se alums, so expect traditional islander snacks like musubi (basically a sushi hand roll filled with Spam) but with a fine-dining bent. (Here the musubi is made with corned beef tongue, cilantro pesto and peanuts.)
Also, be on the lookout for slight infusions of Japanese, Philippine and Korean cuisine in other dishes. (Just wait till you get ahold of the mochi-crusted fluke.) But whatever you end up ordering, you must follow it up with the aforementioned pineapple glory and...wait for it...a king’s Hawaiian bread pudding.
If you can’t squeeze in a Pacific vacay anytime soon, at least you can now eat like it.
Noreetuh, 128 First Ave. (at St. Marks Pl.); 646-892-3050 or noreetuh.com